Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

Department of Psychology

The mission of the Riverview Psychiatric Recovery Center's Department of Psychological Services is to provide state of the art consultation, assessment, and counseling services for clients recovering from mental illness and co-occurring (substance abuse) disorders. They also play a major role in the delivery of group counseling and psychoeducational programming on the Harbor Treatment Mall.

Psychology provides a broad range of assessments in response to specific referral questions posed by the treatment teams throughout the hospital. These include assessments to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning, neuropsychological testing to address more complex diagnostic questions for clients who present with complicated cognitive problems, and capacity evaluations to address clients' ability to make decisions about medical treatment. In addition, the forensic psychologists provide clinical risk assessments for forensic clients transitioning to the community and for forensic clients served by the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. Unit psychologists provide consultation to treatment teams and develop specialized behavioral plans as needed, including cooperating with other staff on implementing daily or hourly behavioral assessment protocols.

From 2005 to 2010 Riverview was a proud recipient of a "Co-Occurring State Initiative Integration" (COSII) grant for the integration of co-occurring (substance abuse and mental illness) treatment. Work done under this grant led to improved identification of clients with substance abuse disorders, as well as assuring that these individuals received appropriate treatment. Riverview has a fulltime substance abuse specialist position who consults with team providers and who continues to offer extensive co-occurring treatment services.

Each clinical unit has assigned psychologists. Psychological services can be accessed through the treatment team and/or physicians orders. Inquiries about services can be addressed to any of the unit psychologists, the Assistant Director of Psychology, or the Director of Psychology.